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What is a foot pound?

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May 05, 2007 1:40AM

a foot pound is a measure of torque, or turning power. Imagine a wrench that is positioned on a nut, the handle of which is exactly one foot long from the center of the nut and is also perfectly horizontal. Now put one pound of downforce on the end of the wrench handle. You now have one foot-pound of torque on the nut. This unit of measurement is how torque is calculated in an automobile.